Health and Spirit
Health care. It’s a phrase that conjures anxiety, confusion and frustration in our region and across our nation. And with just cause. As Americans, we spend twice as much on health care as residents of other developed countries, yet our health care system is plagued by poor quality, especially in the treatment of chronic diseases that affect millions of Americans. Within the next decade, we’ll begin spending more on health care – nearly one dollar in every five – than we do on the entire federal government today.
This year the U. S. Conference on AIDS (USCA), the largest HIV/AIDS gathering in the nation, targeted its offerings toward men who have sex with men. But during the meeting sponsored by the National Minority AIDS Council, many Black women--from prevention and policy experts to those living with HIV/AIDS--aggressively pursued programming and issues that focused on their demographic.
WASHINGTON -- For black American adults, perceived racism may cause mental health symptoms similar to trauma and could lead to some physical health disparities between blacks and other populations in the United States, according to a new study published by the American Psychological Association.
Chicago, IL -- UHELP, the Urban Health Education & Leadership Project, is distributing a lifestyle guide to people of color throughout the U.S. that will assist them to live healthier lives all year long. UHELP teamed up with BlackDoctor.org, the nation’s leading online health resource for African Americans, to create a lifestyle guide focusing, in part, on solutions for patient access to healthcare. The mainstay of the lifestyle guide will be culturally-accurate healthcare information.
Last week, in The People’s Clinic, we discussed the many ways health is defined, for individuals, families and communities. Knowledge about your health and your community’s health is essential, but what is the next step in turning this knowledge into action? Making health changes, whether in our personal or family life, or in our communities, requires us to know how to advocate on all these levels.
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